*** Entries invited *** 

Contact Valuer Carl Nielsen - antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk  - Tel. 07738 219438



Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their first Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2017 last Friday, 27th January. With over 840 lots on offer, it was well viewed by local collectors and the National and International antiques trade. There was over 400 registered online bidders with www.the-saleroom.com and over 350 commission bids left online and with the auctioneers.

Over 200 lots of silver and jewellery were on offer with all silver lots finding new homes, with the top price going to a rare George III serving plate, dated 1791, selling for £350. In the jewellery section, a ruby and diamond cluster ring sold for an incredible £1650 against an estimate of £600-800. The ruby was of a pleasing deep transparent red colour, often referred to as ‘pigeon blood'. These rubies are highly sought after and by size can be more valuable than diamonds! It came with its original Harrods box and with a Cartier valuation certificate.

Oriental artefacts are still in demand and some remarkable prices were achieved. The "sleeper" of the section was a blue and white bottle vase, depicting figures in gardens, with a hairline crack and rim repair it was estimated at £60-90. The damage didn't deter the bidders and it eventually sold online for £500. A Chinese blue ground famille rose large baluster lidded vase sold for £850 to an internet buyer. Top price was a Chinese tripod stand, profusely carved with birds amongst foliage, selling to a Chinese collector for £2000.

Several bronze sculptures were included in the auction, with a Bergman Austrian cold painted bronze, modelled as a Cockatoo, selling for £950. Another sculpture which sold incredibly well was a Cornish red serpentine carving of a seal on a rock by local artist Lawrence Murley, selling for £1500.

In the Collectables section a stamp album containing British stamps sold for £620, and a 1" scale model of an agricultural traction engine sold for £700. Furniture was bucking the trend and there was a steady trade both in the room and online. Anything unusual or decorative carries a premium and a rare Edwardian Cadburys Chocolate wall hanging dispensing cabinet sold for £750. A Victorian ebonised credenza sold for £500 and a George III style leather armchair achieved £480.

Our next auction is a General auction scheduled for the 24th February, with our next online Antiques & Fine Art auction booked for May. Entries invited to auctioneer Carl Nielsen 07738219438 antiques@lodgeandthomas.co.uk

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